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brown study

Meaning: melancholy mood accompanied by deep thought

Example: I realised that Sandra wasn't concentrating on what the boss was saying and had disappeared into a brown study. Read on

outside the lines

Meaning: not sticking to the rules

Example: I never thought they would be allowed to do their duties outside the lines. Read on

white lie

Meaning: a harmless lie

Example: Telling your friend that you like their new haircut, when you really don't, is an example of a white lie. Read on

green with envy

Meaning: extremely jealous of another person

Example: Sally was green with envy when he saw my brand new car. Read on

Black Friday

Meaning: a day of a financial disaster

Example: My friends wait desperately for online sales on Black Friday. Read on

black day

Meaning: it is a day on which something terrible has happened

Example: My grandmother told me that it is a black day tomorrow. Read on

red herring

Meaning: something irrelevant that distracts you from something important

Example: The new law is just a red herring meant to draw our attention away from the issues regarding education. Read on

pot calling the kettle black

Meaning: criticizing someone for a fault that you have too

Example: I can't believe that you are upset because I was late. That is the pot calling the kettle black. Read on

black hole

Meaning: a place in which things are lost never to be seen again

Example: My handbag is a black hole. You can try and find the keys in there but I can’t promise anything. Read on

paint the town red

Meaning: to celebrate and have a wild time

Example: I can't wait to go out with my best friend and paint the town red! Read on

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give the slip

Meaning: to get away

Example: The police were on the criminal's trail but in the end he managed to give them the slip. Read on

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